August 15, 2012
I've been around long enough to witness Seahawks QB controversies from Zorn v Krieg all the way through Jackson v Whitehurst, and frankly they are as much a part of Seahawks history as 9-7 seasons and enemy false starts at our home games.With that sort of perspective it doesn't surprise me that a vocal subset of Twelves are clamoring for Russell Wilson to supplant Matt Flynn- But it does make the bile rise in my gullet. Really, guys? Already??
Before I really get a rant going, I'd like to point out the almost blinding bright side to this: Our QB play is almost certainly going to be vastly improved in 2012, and it's a decent bet that EITHER Flynn or Wilson will emerge as that mythical, Ogopogo-esque beast: The Quarterback of the Future. That's fucking awesome, my friends.
Even though it's not official, Matt Flynn is clearly being prepped to start at Glendale on Kickoff Weekend. He's performed well enough in camp and our first preseason game to have earned that job. Beyond that, Tarvaris Jackson has maxed out his skill set and Russell Wilson is a rookie 3rd round pick who is not ready to lead a playoff-caliber team. Matt Flynn is just the right mix of demonstrated ability and untapped potential, and he's flashed enough in Renton so far to make him the ONLY choice for QB1 right now.
Weirdly enough, this might not be the majority opinion among Seahawks fans- I've seen legions of them pointing at Russell Wilson and screaming "NOW! NOW! NOW!" like they were Veruca Fucking Salt and RW was a Oompa-Loopa. Why? Because he went all Madden Rookie Mode on a bunch of Titans defenders destined for jobs in the CFL or various Arena Leagues? Because he's a better "story" than Flynn? Because (holy shit I've actually seen people say this) he reminds you of Tim Tebow somehow? BARF. Stop it. For the love of fuck, STOP IT.
I'm very excited by Russell Wilson's potential, and I think he's got a VERY good chance at being an excellent NFL QB someday... and if the Seahawks were rebuilding and not shooting for a playoff run right now, maybe I'd be more open to the idea of throwing Wilson out there week 1 and seeing how he responds. Seattle isn't shooting for 6-10, though- They are shooting for (wait for it) #10winsandaplayoffspot. Tossing Wilson out there now could fuck up our season AND RW's career over the long-term.
Here's how Wilson would get out on field this season: A) Matt Flynn sucks. B) Matt Flynn is injured. C) The Seahawks are hopelessly out of playoff contention. Fuck ALL that. All those options all sound like utter shit. Let's remember why we signed Matt Flynn in the first place: If everything clicks into place for the dude, he could be Hasselbeck 2.0. If that's the QB that Flynn grows into, we'll be a Super Bowl contender for a nice, healthy stretch of time with him under center and all us Twelves will be wearing #15 jerseys. We should ALL want that, even if it means Wilson never gets to start and we ship him out of town for a draft pick in a couple of years. If you are rooting for Flynn to falter in Denver so Wilson has a better chance to start (and I know you fuckers are out there- I've seen that crap play out before in this fan base), kindly piss off.
What do you think, sirs? Care to try to convince me that Wilson should start? Don't give me that "he deserves a shot" bullshit either- I got enough of that from Charlie Whitehurst's disciples last year.